The object of the superior man is truth.
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge.
Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, seek to be worthy of being known.
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.